Western Australian Maritime Museum
Back to nature
As soon as the tour guide ushers you inside Ovens, an Oberon-class submarine, you start to feel claustrophobic. It is impossible to imagine living for months underwater in this confined space! But your kids clamber like monkeys up the steel ladders and through the small, round hatchways. Once the tour is over, you appreciate the light, airy spaciousness of the museum building, designed to fit the high mast and winged keel of Australia II. Exhibits reveal the stories of Western Australia’s early explorers, trade routes, naval defence, and migration.
Victoria Quay, Fremantle; (08) 9431 8444
■ The magnificent Australia II.
When the seventh and deciding race of the 25th America’s Cup began in September 1983, no country had been able to steal the winning cup from America since the prestigious race began 132 years earlier. But the Royal Perth Yacht Club’s 12-metre sloop, with its controversial winged keel, was about to sail into history. To the elation of the whole of Australia, the yacht Australia II won the race and the America’s Cup.
■ It is possible to buy separate tickets for the museum and submarine tour if you don’t want to see both, which makes this a budget activity.